balenaEtcher Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to balenaEtcher for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to balenaEtcher and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to balenaEtcher are UNetbootin (Free, Open Source), Ventoy (Free, Open Source), YUMI (Free, Open Source) and Win32 Disk Imager (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Feb 18, 2021

    1. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
      Rufus vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Rufus is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      Luismart89 The thing I love from Rufus is the possibility to customize the platform target i.e BIOS O UEFI, so this let me use and EFI Image for BIOS Based computer. a good example of this is using Windows 10, by default is UEFI based computers, but Rufus can convert the image file to hybrid, so you can install windows 10 on both BIOS and on UEFI based pcs with the same stick. Rufus also can be used to write linux distros to USB sticks. It is the best option we can find on Windows.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      alexprange 3 Words: Functionality, Functionality, and Functionality
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      POX Probably the best software to burn an OS image on a USB drive if you're using Windows.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      manolive Installed Windows 10 and Linux mint. The image was launched from under the BIOS without problems. Recommend.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's stable and does what it claims to do; very dependable.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Does everything and more. Also, doesn't bundle a webbrowser just for a simple dd frontend.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Mr_Meme It doesn't run off a web browser. I think that alone speaks for itself.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    2. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
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      UNetbootin vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      I cannot choose Winshit 10
      Negative comment about 5 years ago

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    3. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO files. With ventoy, you don't need to format the disk again and again, you just need to copy the iso file to the USB drive and boot it.
      Ventoy vs balenaEtcher opinions
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      Everything balenaEtcher can do Ventoy can do better and more. Plus they 'ignore' Mac, haha.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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      Everyone who wants to try linux from windows. Ventoy is the best option. Why? Because Ventoy will let you put two iso on the drive. No Burning or wiping out entire disk. Only direct iso copy and paste. If you want to try linux, simply put linux iso and for safe back to windows put a windows 10 iso.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

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    4. YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.
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      Most users think YUMI is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    5. A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.
      Win32 Disk Imager vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Most users think Win32 Disk Imager is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      TheDcoder A lot smaller and more native to the Windows platform than Etcher
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      Win32 Disk Imager, despite its name, does not "create" disk images: it only writes/mounts pre-existing .img files to flash storage.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    6. Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use.
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      Most users think Universal USB Installer is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    7. MultiBootUSB is a software to create multi boot live Linux on a removable media i.e USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 9.2.0, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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      Almost everyone thinks MultiBootUSB is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    8. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it. This software also offers an exclusive option of automatic virtualization to directly run Linux in Windows without any configuration nor installation.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).

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      Almost everyone thinks LinuxLive USB Creator is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    9. WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program, which prepares multiboot USB flash or fixed disk to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux and *BSD flavors, as well as many Windows, Linux, DOS based and other utilities. Since version 1.
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    10. A very minimal GUI app that can write compressed disk images to USB drives.
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      USBImager vs balenaEtcher opinions
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      rescuezilla USBImager is a 300 kilobyte download compared to balenaEtcher's 80+ megabyte. They're both cross-platform (Windows/macOS/Linux). The reason is USBImager is a native app while balenaEtcher is an Electron app. balenaEtcher is still a bit more user-friendly, but USBImager is by far the best cross-platform alternative right now.
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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